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Foundations of Regulatory Choice: Precaution, Innovation…and Nonviolence?

Baldoli, R; Radaelli, CM; (2021) Foundations of Regulatory Choice: Precaution, Innovation…and Nonviolence? Journal of Contemporary European Research , 17 (2) pp. 187-204. 10.30950/jcer.v17i2.1177. Green open access

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Abstract

Two foundations of regulatory choice, precaution and innovation, co-exist in the political system of the European Union (EU). At the conceptual level the two foundations are complementary, and are both endorsed by the EU institutions, albeit in different ways and with different legal status. In the real-life of EU policymaking processes, however, precaution and innovation often become the terrain of polarised views anchored to technocratic or populist positions that erode trust in EU governance. We propose a way forward to this state of play. Instead of seeing the two foundations as opposite, we explore their dyadic relationship. We show that a conversation between the two is possible via an original reformulation of precaution and innovation. The reconciliation of precaution and innovation, we argue, is effective only in a context of social trust about the reconciled definitions. We propose the analytical and normative framework of nonviolence as seal of social trust. Nonviolence can assist the EU and its citizens in the path towards innovation that is socially responsible, future-proof and accountable. It can enhance precaution as internalised commitment of decision-makers as well as scientific and social communities.

Type: Article
Title: Foundations of Regulatory Choice: Precaution, Innovation…and Nonviolence?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.30950/jcer.v17i2.1177
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.30950/jcer.v17i2.1177
Language: English
Additional information: © The Authors 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: European Union, Innovation, Nonviolence, Precaution, Regulation, Scientific research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131244
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